Quick Tip: How to fix Sid Meier’s Civilization V on your Microsoft Surface Pro

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Even the most powerful hardware in the world can be brought to its knees by poorly-coded software. Today, I dealt with that exact problem: I wanted to play Sid Meier’s Civilization V on my original Microsoft Surface Pro, but bugs in the game’s coding prevented me from even completing my first turn.

I tried every remedy I could think of: I opened the app in its various modes; I reinstalled DirectX; turned down every graphics setting; and I even redownloaded the entire Microsoft Surface Pro driver pack from Microsoft’s support site in the hopes that it was only a driver issue that could easily be fixed.

To make a long story short,  none of what I tried worked.

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In reality, the fix is quite simple: under the Video Settings in the game’s Options menu, there is an option to set every setting back to default. Click the button, restart the program, and begin a new game. Civilization V will now work!

There’s no denying that the Surface Pro is not a gaming computer, but Civilization V is not an intensive game. I really thought that my Surface was broken, but thankfully, my problems were caused by poorly-coded graphics settings in the game – not my Surface Pro.

I suspect that a number of people will find themselves tumbling into the same issue. Hopefully if you are one of those people, this simple and quick fix helped!

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts